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88. Memory Lane

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 10/20/17 7:26 pm
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This one kind of sneaks up on you. It's not flashy or showy. The story isn't exceptional or astoundingly original. But it's quite good, and the characters are really well done. It's a bit of a shame that it's another story involving the TARDIS arriving in a kind of virtual prison, so soon after "Something Inside". Still, that can't be helped, and this stories are really strikingly different, so it's not a big problem. "Something Inside" was quite violent with an atmosphere of constant threat and oppression. "Memory Lane" is quite light and cheery, almost whimsical. I mean, just look at that first cliffhanger: the TARDIS being stolen by an ice cream van. That's very much indicative of the style of the piece.

The story is pretty good, more or less. The ultimate explanation for what's happening is a bit convoluted, and the there's a lot of running around before we finally get there. But it works well enough. What really makes the story pop is the dialogue and the characterization. This is the first script Eddie Robson contributed to Big Finish, and there will be many, many more to come. He makes a strong first impression with this one.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/4/15 9:53 am
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When the TARDIS is stolen by an Ice Cream man at the end of Part One, you know you're in for an interesting story. This was writer Eddie Robson's first Doctor Who release for Big Finish and features the imagination and humor that has become trademark in stories like, &quot;Human Resources&quot; and &quot;The Condemned.&quot; The story is engaging, fun, and has a great premise at it's core.

There are good performances by the regulars throughout with the much-criticized C'Rizz saving the day. Probably the most interesting character moment was Charley. She regresses to childhood and the simulation recreates her childhood home and mother and India Fisher plays Charley as the precocious adventurous little girl who would stow away on the R-101. Overall, a very entertaining release and probably the most fun Eighth Doctor release since Caerdroia.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 1/6/15 8:30 pm
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A fun runaround filled with surreal imagery and an intriguing mystery. The regular cast are on top form and all seem to be having a ball with the witty dialogue and spiky banter. Unfortunately due to the light, frothy tone there's never any real sense of menace or danger to the main characters leading to a slightly plodding storyline. But overall, definitely a story I'd recommend.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 11/14/14 5:03 am
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We have now what has established itself as the ensemble for the 8th Doctor adventure's of Paul, India and Conrad. These three are sparking on all cylinders at the moment, and, what we are treated to is a cracking tale, slightly twisted, but one that suits Paul to a tee. India's interplay with McGann wackiness makes for good fun, whilst Conrad adds that extra element to the story that gives some boundaries to the pair.

The story is of a distorted reality, a  astronaut caught in a jail of his own regressed past, with the familiar as a cell mate, and a rather strange warden who is well versed in the ways of ice cream and frozen lollipops, who is also not to backward when it comes to stealing the TARDIS style vehicles.

I really enjoyed this adventure, it has a slightly unexpected ending and not the normal sort of Who. In fact this whole release is a actually a lot more balanced with both high quality drama and a splash of humour. Great stuff.